London To Do List – 2-8 June 2014
Our fab weekly London To Do List continues, with plenty of free, cheap and offbeat treats to get you through the week!
// Pick of the Week //
Holloway Arts Festival | Various Venues | Until 8 June – Various Times | Most Events Free or Under £10
The twelfth year of this summer festival which brings bringing national and international artists and performers together for a varied programme of events featuring music, spoken word, cabaret, literature and more!
// All Week //
“A door opens and an immaculate figure steps out onto a roof. Knives are sharpened and the game begins…”
A new London-wide festival exploring anxiety, looking at its causes, how it affects us, and how it can act as a creative force.
Core-funded by the Maudsley Charity, the programme showcases visual art, film, performance, music, dance, theatre and talks at venues across the capital.
// Monday //
They Say: Hello everybody! Did you all vote? I bloody hope so!
So why not now relax and come along to the next instalment of my drive to rid the world of stupidity!
As ever, I will be joined by Spencer, my valet, and our guests this week are: Cheekykita, Lindsay Sharman, Marie Lawrence, Dan Lees, Laurence Owen & Jody Kamali!
// From Tuesday //
The Berlin Art Rock duo (with a slight Brian Eno obsession) bring their arty rock stylings (and ambiguous relationship) to the Soho Theatre
An hour in the company of possibly the finest brother-sister (maybe) Berlin-based Art Rock wannabes – think White Stripes meets Spinal Tap but sillier and with a better drummer. Find out how to keep your banana happy, and other such important life lessons!
The big purple cow on the South Bank hosts the UK Premiere of A Simple Space – seven young acrobats competing for your love with a series of non-stop, breathtaking acrobatics.
They Say: How long can you hold your breath for? How many back flips can you do in one go? Can you stand on your head? Or… could you stand on somebody else’s?
// From Thursday //
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, based in Sidcup, Kent, heads to the Bargehouse (behind the OXO building on the South Bank) to stage a major show of graduate work – including performances of Perfect Boy (by Lawrence Till, based on Frank Wedekind’s Lulu), The Fall of the House of Usher (by Edgar Allen Poe, adapted by Paul Hart & Tarek Merchant) and The Litter (by Matthew Dunster).
Canadian Mae Martin returns to the Soho Theatre to record a best-of comedy album – be part of the recording to hear your laugh, as well as “Mae’s gleeful re-living of her awkward adolescence, digitally immortalised.”
More Info & Buy Tickets // Also on Saturday
They Say: We’re back celebrating the first Friday of summer in tropical style!
Flamingo Pier is your monthly street food, booze and disco party held under the sun and stars on the Counter Cafe pontoon in Hackney Wick.
An evening of fun and frolics featuring cult cabaret diva Ursula Martinez, performance and interactive theatre artists Bob Karper and Rachel Dyer, puppeteer, writer and director Matt Rudkin, & more – plus live music from the Bikini Beach Band and DJs.
// All Weekend //
Metronomy and Pixies headline this annual East London weekend festival in Victoria Park. Also featuring Blood Orange, Danny Brown, Erol Alkan & Daniel Avery, Fat Whites, Future Islands, James Holden,Jamie xx, Jon Hopkins, Lunice and Neneh Cherry to name but a few – plus food from Street Feast and Venn Street Market.
// Saturday //
BE N!CE! Launch Party: The Village Unfair – a Fête worse than death | Shapes, Hackney Wick | From 3pm | £10
They Say: Be Nice is a ridiculous party, a night of fun, friends, games, music and ridiculousness.
But it’s more than just that… It’s a lovely way to live and make a difference in the world. It’s a stand against the way things are.